Thursday, April 30, 2015

the second & third april birthdays.

last saturday was my cute sister's golden birthday (and her twin brother's too)
3 golden birthdays in one week? Sweet!

although we may be 7 years apart, I think me and heather are secretly twins. we have so much in common, we look a lot alike, and we're best friends. I could never get sick of hanging out with her.

then there's tyler, he's the best older brother anyone could ask for, he keeps our family laughing and smiling. not to mention, he's the cutest husband and dad, he inspires me, and I hope to marry someone as humble as him someday!

saturday morning we surprised heather with breakfast in bed, and then later we celebrated with pedicures and shopping.

on sunday tyler and his girls came over, we opened presents, and made his favorite dinner (bbq grill pizza, one word: amazing) 

I'm so lucky to have these twins as older siblings, especially since their birthdays are only one week after mine, the celebrating never stops!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

golden birthday

yesterday I turned 18 on the 18th, in the hill home (okay maybe just to me and my older sister), this is a big occasion. we couldn't celebrate the golden birthday without gold metallic banners, gold polka dot table runners, mason jars covered in gold glitter, and overly priced balloons.

my morning started with running around like crazy trying to get decorated for my "waffle party" it ended up exactly how I envisioned it, which I couldn't of been happier about! I invited friends over, and we had a big "waffle bar" in my back yard.

the waffle bar consisted of, original waffles, chocolate waffles, and pumpkin waffles, all fresh and homemade. of course, you can't forget about the toppings, we had by whipped peanut butter, caramel syrup, regular syrup, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, cinnamon and sugar, nutella, homemade whipped cream, strawberry sauce, and blueberry sauce. we threw in some mini powdered donuts, for fun too. for beverages, we had chocolate milk, regular milk, orange juice, and a big pitcher of water. we lucked out, because after a stormy week, the weather was BEAUTIFUL.

we set up a little 'photo booth' for the party. we hung up strips of shiny gold and white lace fabric for a backdrop, next to that we had a little barstool with little props, it was simple, cute, and fun.

next, I opened my presents with my family. I got the usual, clothes, make up, jewelry, shoes, money, all my favorite things.
after opening presents, my mom treated me and my sister to an hour long massage at seasons salon. it was a dream come true, if you're looking for something relaxing and fun to do on your birthday, I highly suggest this.

after massages, we headed up the canyon for a cook out. shrimp tacos, my family, the mountains, my ideal birthday dinner.

once it got chilly, we headed back home for birthday cake. you bet I had glittery cake toppers.

I ended the night at the movies with my closest friends. my one and only 18th birthday was so fabulously festive, after all, it was filled with all things gold.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

my own personal-beautiful-hell.

hello blog, I'M BACK. It's been a long 3 months of pure chaos, in some ways i'd consider it 'my own personal hell'.... but through those trying 3 months i have experienced so much humility, and gratitude. to say i've grown as a person, would be an understatement, even though each day was full of 100 different battles all at the same time, and there were moments i didn't think i'd last another second, i couldn't be more thankful for each experience and memory that came with the hardship. it was a blissful mess. besides all that, i am in fact much happier now. that doesn't mean my situation has taken a 180, and that doesn't mean there's a day that comes that's 'easy' but i am happier now, and that's a simple fact. i have hope that life can continue to get better.
now all this is a story of its own, maybe I'll share it someday, or maybe not. but the point is, i'm back on the blog, and i couldn't be happier about it.

now for a photo update on this last weekend....

family rides up the canyon. 

puppy barn. cuddling puppies is incredibly therapeutic.. until your heart breaks because you can't take every single one of them home.

playing in old dance costumes with pais, she's such a fun age!

and lastly.... cuddling this sweet thing.